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Ethanol, corn and by-products will highlight Cattlemen’s Update 2008

Posted 12/19/2007

Most of us have heard the phrase, "When you’re handed lemons, make lemonade." Such is the case with the recent wake-up call for cattle producers when the rapidly growing ethanol industry revealed its hunger for corn. So, how can we make lemonade out of this? The answer is by using the co-products of ethanol production, such as distillers dried grains which are becoming increasingly available and are usually an extremely cost effective feed ingredient.

You can learn how to utilize these feeds by attending Cattlemen’s Update 2008. The annual Cattlemen’s Update program is to be held Jan. 7-11, 2008 in various Nevada communities and by videoconference. The workshops are sponsored by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension; College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; U.S.D.A. Risk Management Agency; Pfizer Animal Health and the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association.

The timely subject of Ethanol, Corn and By-Products will highlight the three-hour program. Dave Bohnert, Ph.D., Oregon State University Livestock Specialist and ruminant nutrition researcher, is the invited speaker for the 2008 Cattlemen’s Update program. Bohnert has conducted research with beef cows utilizing by-product feeds of the ethanol industry. Ron Torell, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension livestock specialist will discuss the impact the ethanol industry is having and will have in the future on the beef industry. "I encourage ranchers to bring their entire crew to the program, including spouse and kids, anyone who wants to learn more about ruminant nutrition and how to utilize these by-product feeds in your cow-calf enterprise," said Torell. "You might think you already know about ruminant nutrition and supplementation and have heard it all before. However, ethanol production is changing the face of our industry. These by-product feeds are not a free ride and you need to come learn the in’s and out’s of feeding them to beef cows," concludes Torell.

Other timely subjects will include risk management relative to cattle diseases by Dr. David Thain, D.V.M. and UNCE state veterinarian specialist; Analyzing Production Goals Without Individual Animal Identification by Ben Bruce, Ph.D., UNCE livestock specialist; and Ranch Bio-Security as a Weed Control Measure by Earl Creech, Ph.D., UNCE weed specialist. Additionally, at most locations a local veterinarian will touch on animal health issues of local concern.

  • Monday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m. Washoe County Extension Office, Reno. (Interactive video sites: Eureka Extension Office; Caliente Extension Office; Tonopah Extension Office; Logandale Extension Office and Lovelock Extension Office. All sites are tentative. Please call Dr. Thain for verification.)
  • Monday, Jan. 7, 6 p.m. Multipurpose Building, Fallon. (Refreshments sponsored by Churchill County Cattlewomen and Lahontan Valley Veterinary Clinic.)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 8, 5 p.m. White Pine County Convention Center, Ely. (Dinner compliments of local sponsors.)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9, 12:30 p.m. Elko Convention Center, Elko. (Social hour follows compliments of local sponsors.)
  • Thursday, Jan. 10, 10:30 a.m. Humboldt County Extension Office, Winnemucca. (Lunch sponsored by Ron’s Seed and Supply and Humboldt County CattleWomen.)
  • Friday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. Wellington Community Hall, Wellington. (Lunch and hall sponsored by Pinenut Livestock Supply and Snyder Livestock.)

Other program sponsors include Intermountain Farmer’s Association, Walco International, Pinenut Livestock Supply, Ron’s Seed and Supply, American AgCredit, , Neff Mill, Snyder Livestock, Intermountain Beef Producers, Ivesco Animal Health, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Norvartis Animal Health, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Lahontan Valley Veterinary Clinic and Churchill and Humboldt County CattleWomen.

A $10 per-ranch registration fee at the door includes the popular "Red Book" and refreshments. For more information, contact program coordinators Ron Torell (775) 738-1721, David Thain (775) 784-1377 or Ben Bruce (775)783-1624.

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